3.9 / 5     (9 votes)
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BJAM is a Strat electric guitar rompler.

Blue Jeans and Moonbeams (or BJAM for short) is a sampled S-Type (Strat) electric guitar designed for those familiar with the playing techniques idiomatic to the instrument, and the signal processing techniques used to shape their output.
  • Sampled S-type guitar with 3 mixable pickups.
  • An acoustic guitar is also included.
  • Playing range C0-G8.
  • Hammer-on/Pull-off/Slide mode.
  • Harmonics 2, 3, 5 and 7.
  • Noises modes include chucks, swipes and pick taps.
  • Controlled by MIDI keyswitches and CC#7 (Master Volume).
  • 3 fretting positions.
  • 2 palm mute modes.
  • Slap and Pop mode.

You can also download the source file for Maize Sampler.
Kiloind Sep 01 2020
Sep 01 2020
"Cannot find any instruments"
Someone else Jul 05 2020
(2 / 5)
Jul 05 2020
Why put the settings for the guitar on the midi piano itself? Can't access full range of the guitar such as the sixth string
Mal-2 Jul 09 2020
Jul 09 2020
What do you mean? You can access notes all the way down to c0, which i a half step below the NINTH string if you have an extended range guitar. These are extrapolated from my 6th string because that's all I have, but the notes are there.
Mal-2 Sep 07 2020
Sep 07 2020
If you mean the upper end of the scale, there is no limitation there (other than MIDI itself) either. I just didn't want to make the instrument window large enough to accommodate 128 keys, so you can't see them or press them with your mouse, but they still work if you use MIDI input. I felt (and still do feel) it is much more important to have the keyswitches on screen, as they have specific assignments that have no direct relation to pitch.
Samuel Jun 28 2020
Jun 28 2020
Where is the installer? Also I don't have a VST or VST2 folder I only have VST3
Mal-2 Jul 09 2020
Jul 09 2020
Please see my reply below from January 12. THERE IS NO INSTALLER. Maize Sampler does not create installers. You have to locate the correct destination for the VST yourself, and manually move it there. I cannot help you with this if I did not cover it in the Quick Start Guide, because the ONLY setting I can test is 64-bit Windows running a 32-bit Cubase 5.1.
Johnny Angel Jun 27 2020
(5 / 5)
Jun 27 2020
This is fucking sick. All the different ways to voice the notes fuckin' slaps. After distortion this is metal as hell.
Mal-2 Jul 11 2020
Jul 11 2020
All you need is fuzz. Fuzz is all you need. No, seriously, try putting a Fuzz Face either right after the pan plugin, or maybe insert a wah and then the fuzz, and feed that into the front end of an amplifier for a crunchy lead tone. This is how I got the saturated (and gated) solo for "Who's Lying Now".
absolutefunnyman (LMMS) Jun 11 2020
(4 / 5)
Jun 11 2020
I've heard this vst in a few indie games, it's pretty good!
Mal-2 Jun 12 2020
Jun 12 2020
Maybe you did, maybe not. I did game music for years first and created the VST to assist in it, so there are plenty of tracks out there that have DSK Electrik Guitarz as their main instrument. I specifically made version 1 to create the track "Cloverleaf", and it did fine for that, but it was a bit lacking for some other purposes so... that's why there's a version 2. Even now I don't always use my own VST for guitar parts even now, particularly screaming metal leads, and pedal steel that rolls each note in.
TIM Jul 04 2020
Jul 04 2020
How do you use key switches. Running in Reaper.
Mal-2 Jul 09 2020
Jul 09 2020
You just hit the key. If you want to make normal plucked string sounds, using a "cowboy chords" hand position, you strike key C-2 and then play whatever notes you want. Or, if you want to use the neck pickup instead of the bridge pickup, then select C-1 (an octave higher). When you want to switch to, say, octave harmonics, then you hit F-2 or F-1. You can change your chosen type of sound immediately after starting a note and that note won't change. I suggest just looking at the MIDI demo tracks provided. That is why they are there.
PiamoDud Jun 05 2020
(4 / 5)
Jun 05 2020
Pretty nice guitar vst, I like.
TriniKitti Nya Apr 15 2020
Apr 15 2020
I tried to get it into FL Studio. It's still scanning and it's stuck on it.
LeVolatile Apr 08 2020
Apr 08 2020
I am unable to make it works! In the About "BJAM 2.pdf" file you'r talking about an installer that doesn't exist. So I tried to drop the whole "BJAM2_Win64" folder in my DAW VST folder and nothing happen. I renamed all folders with the same name except I replaced all spaces with underscore. Now it is visible in my DAW (Reaper) plugins list but I got a "no instrument found". What should I do from now?
Mal-2 Apr 13 2020
Apr 13 2020
Put the space back in the name of the "BJAM 2.instruments" folder. That must not change as it's hard-coded into the .dll file.
Monolectric May 20 2020
May 20 2020
No matter what I try: my DAW (Reaper) simply does not recognize and cannot find the plugin.
Anonymous May 21 2020
May 21 2020
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Can't help any more than that, sorry. Every setup is different, good luck.
bindlestiff Mar 29 2020
(5 / 5)
Mar 29 2020
Nah, the Dev is too self-deprecating. This is as stated -everything signal-wise that hits the pickups on a Strat. Slap an amp, some reverb/delay and preferably - some IR, using a Convolution Reverb or a vitual guitar amp like Boogex available here free with an IR slot and the sound is friggin gin-u-wine!
Mal-2 Apr 05 2020
Apr 05 2020
Thanks! I have also found that just like a real guitar, you can set your amp on the edge of crunch and choose your tone with the volume control. This is the only method I used to change the lead guitar's tone in https://mal-2.bandcamp.com/track/found-the-four-chords-of-awesome -- note this uses both BJAM2 (lead guitar, 12-string acoustic) and DSK Electrik Guitarz (pedal steel). With proper inserts, it is not that hard to get them to blend nicely.
Mal-2 Mar 16 2020
Mar 16 2020
I suppose I should have been clearer on the intent when I made this. There are other free guitar VSTs that sound really good, and I use them. I certainly am not offended if you do too. But they often lack specific abilities, like moving up and down the neck or popping harmonics, or they require a bunch of adjustments to the parameters of the instrument. I wanted to make something that would allow access to all of these techniques on the fly, as you would have with the guitar directly in front of you. Such an instrument has limitations (no ADSR controls being among them) but since I designed this to be a replacement for only the guitar instrument itself, it can only behave in guitar ways. Some VSTs start in guitar territory but let you wander well outside it, because they are synths at heart. This is a sampler and only a sampler, and any excursions outside the normal guitar universe will have to be done outside the instrument.
Erisian Mar 14 2020
(3 / 5)
Mar 14 2020
Works in both Vst host and Cakewalk By Bandlab. I love the sacred chao - hail Eris! It's a capable plugin and great for a freebie but if it wasn't for the sacred chao and the developer's name (wink to discordians out there) I would consider it nothing special. It is, however a lot of fun and very useable with amp effects. Thank you Malaclypse.
Mal-2 Mar 16 2020
Mar 16 2020
Much appreciated. You're right, it isn't anything special. It's a bog standard Stratocaster knockoff with bog standard Chinese pickups. The only real distinguishing feature is the number of techniques available that either don't exist in other free VSTs, such as palm muting, harmonics, chucks and swipes, etc. If you aren't writing at a level where these things matter, then you probably don't need to jump through all the extra hoops I've set up and there are many instruments better suited to the purpose. I'm not trying to displace them, and I still use some of them myself. To be honest, if this sounded like "anything special", then I would have failed in my purpose. It's supposed to be as vanilla as possible. You're supposed to add all the flavor in the signal chain.
Erisian May 02 2020
May 02 2020
You're right, the cream is in the articulations. Further playing has revealed this to be more useful than I thought.
Mal-2 May 17 2020
May 17 2020
Got a finished track? It would be interesting to hear how someone other than me uses it.
Erisian May 22 2020
May 22 2020
At the moment I am busy beta-testing two synths and writing a piece of music using only one of them. When I have more time I will explore this and see what I can do. Do you have contact details on your site?
Mal-2 May 23 2020
May 23 2020
Yes. Toward the bottom of the right column with the Discography and all is a Contact link.
Stu Karlsson Mar 06 2020
(4 / 5)
Mar 06 2020
This is a great little Electric Guitar vsti the only suggestion/constructive criticism I would make is to add some ADSR knobs Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release then the instrument would be five star awesome.
Mal-2 Mar 16 2020
Mar 16 2020
No such feature is planned. This plugin seeks only to emulate what happens up to the point of the pickup output. Turning the volume up and down is something you're expected to do as part of a performance (MIDI data), or that is applied by an effect in the signal chain. When I plug an actual guitar into the audio interface, I don't have any ADSR controls, so I have no interest in forcing them onto my sampled guitar either. If you're looking for that pedal steel effect with every note rolled in, you can either provide a sequence of volume changes for every note, or you can use a different instrument that was designed to accommodate that purpose. I still use DSK Electrik Guitarz for all my pedal steel work, and most of my screaming metal leads (because whammy bar, a ±2 pitch bend is a real pain). I saw no need to reinvent that particular wheel. Do note that the entire source, samples and Maize Sampler definition files alike, are available for download if you would like to attempt adding such a feature.
Mal-2 Mar 06 2020
Mar 06 2020
Make sure you're matching the bitness (32-bit or 64-bit) correctly between VST and DAW. Even if this isn't the issue, it sounds more like a generic Maize Sampler problem because there's nothing "weird" going on inside this VST.
vic smooth Mar 02 2020
Mar 02 2020
how to install on fl studio
Anonymous Feb 25 2020
Feb 25 2020
Tried installing this on Cakewalk. Everytime I do the VST Scan, it freezes up.
Сан Саныч Feb 22 2020
(4 / 5)
Feb 22 2020
Всё работает. Win 8.1x64 Studio one/32. - *Товарищь* не правильно, видать, поставил. - Всё работает. Гитарка, конечно не очень, но в *Пачке* сойдёт.
rahul Feb 06 2020
Feb 06 2020
HP CARL Jan 17 2020
(4 / 5)
Jan 17 2020
No es la gran cosa, pero sirve y se agradece
Mal-2 Jan 12 2020
Jan 12 2020
This instrument was assembled and compiled with Maize Sampler. There is no point-and-click installer. If you are not comfortable with the idea of asking your DAW where to dump these files, and figuring that out without assistance from a scripted installer (because Maize Sampler does not generate them), then perhaps this (like all Maize Sampler based instruments) is not going to go well for you. On the other hand, if you've gotten any OTHER Maize Sampler instrument to work, you make this one work in exactly the same way. I'd be the first to admit Maize Sampler could do better at automating the installation process. But it never has and probably never will, so for those not comfortable with manually moving files around, I recommend you just steer clear. I will not be responding to subsequent "it doesn't install" message, as there are only two possibilities: (1) you're doing it wrong, or (2) it's due to some weird interaction between components of your system that I don't have, and I would never be able to figure it out from a distance. Either way, I can't help you.
Alex Jan 08 2020
Jan 08 2020
NO WORK for Win 8.1 32
Mal-2 Jan 08 2020
Jan 08 2020
I don't have Windows 8.1, although there's no reason these shouldn't work with versions going all the way back to XP. I also don't know what DAW you are using, or what your file structure looks like. I'm afraid this is one of those messy things you'll have to figure out for yourself, as it is completely beyond my ability to test for any OS/DAW combo other than my own (Cubase 5.1 32-bit/Windows 10 64-bit).
Anonymous Jan 06 2020
Jan 06 2020
It doesnt work or even register as a vst in reason, please fix
Mal-2 Jan 06 2020
Jan 06 2020
I don't have a Mac. If the installers Maize Sampler generates don't work, I can't test for or correct that. However, you could get the source code linked above and recompile it in Maize Sampler yourself and see if that works.
Mal-2 Jan 05 2020
Jan 05 2020
If you want demos, they're included in the downloads but you can also check out the demos at https://mal-2.bandcamp.com/album/bjam-demos without having to download it first. They even have the signal chain screencaps to show what effects were in use, if you click on "info" for a particular track.
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